Author Archives: Nathaniel Lucky

Automotive Design Language: Trading Diversity for Brand Identity

If you’ve been out on the road lately, you’ll probably recognize how a select few of the vehicles you see have similarities with one another. There were visual cues to signify that it came from the same brand, whether it be the front end or the similarity in the taillights. This is commonly referred to…

Rotary Shift Gear Dials Are a Step Back in Vehicle Transmissions

Transmission levers, like several other functions in a car, remained the same through-and-through. Though in recent years, much reinventing has been done to simplify it more than it already is. Nothing affected the stick shift, but automatic transmissions have gotten more variants. Buttons are used more on hybrids and electric vehicles, while rotary ones are…

GTA 6 Leaked, Rockstar Games Pursues Original Leaker

After the implication of GTA Online’s end, GTA continues to trend; this time under less favored conditions. Gameplay footage of the next installment have somehow found its way to the internet, and while the topic of getting early access to GTA 6 became a laughing stock, the leaks seem to be legit; judging by how…

2024 Ford Mustang Highlights: Ford’s Last Hurrah for Muscle Enthusiasts

Some positive news for muscle car fans amidst the end of times: Ford recently unveiled the 2024 Mustang at the Detroit Auto Show, which is a revamp of the current S550 platform. Reasonable, considering how developing a completely new model would be unrealistic. While its looks only suggest that it’s merely a second facelift, there’s…

Why Automotive-Related Mangas and Animes Rarely See Success

It should occur to you that most popular mangas and anime aren’t about sports. You’ll mostly find isekai, romance, slice-of-life, comedy, or a mix of those genres to be the most trending at this day and age. If you’re a car enthusiast, you’re out of luck. Choices are limited to either Initial D or Wangan…

Why Steering Wheels Remained the Same Throughout the Years

Basic vehicle controls and functions have evolved over the years, with some offering major improvements that complement an array of other features. Handbrakes are being replaced by window door switches, gear selectors with volume knobs, and infotainment systems expanding beyond its intended purpose of a radio and media player. Regardless, one part has remained consistent,…

Mazda’s RX-8 Was a Hit That Wasn’t Meant for the World

Amidst all the underlying hype of Mazda’s recent plans with rotaries, it’s safe to assume that it probably isn’t going to be a new wankel-engined sports car. Unless the Japanese figure out a way to pass emissions testing, hope for a new RX series should be kept down. If anything, those who had its last…

Ferrari Purosangue: The Italian Manufacturer’s First Production ‘Four-Door’

  Italian manufacturer Ferrari is the latest to include an SUV as part of their lineup, a move that saved Porsche decades ago thanks to the Cayenne. While other companies have since made their own takes on the class due to its undeniably high sales, Ferrari seems to be holding out for as long as…

Competitive FPS Isn’t For Everyone: Why You Should Probably Quit

All the exposure of competitive FPS games has perhaps tempted you and many others into playing it, even if you’ve never had prior interest in the genre before. Unless you have the skills and qualities necessary to perform well in the game, you’d quickly find that outside of the casual modes, it quickly becomes a…

Revisiting BMW’s Textbook Example of Terrible Marketing

At the end of the day, everyone wishes to be driven in a 7 series.-79ece021

In the wake of EVs, most manufacturers are quick to hop on the trend, while others are pressured by regulations. There isn’t a necessity to create appeal for alternative energy, but some brands took the extra step to ensure their potential customers that they are ditching their ways and moving on to a greener future…

Pagani Unveils the Utopia: A New Piece of Italian Automotive Craftsmanship

Italian supercar manufacturer Pagani recently unveiled their newest model. And no, this isn’t another limited variant of their existing models, rather, an entirely new car. Codenamed ‘C10’, it has been in development for more than six years, with multiple prototypes and scale models. According to Horacio Pagani, eight complete mock-ups were made in the process,…

Electronic Parking Brakes: An Unnecessary Complication of a Simple Function

Step inside any new car and you’ll likely find that there isn’t a traditional handbrake. In its place is a switch identical to the door window controls, albeit slightly larger. The electronic parking brake, a feature once regarded as a luxury, had made its way into new cars. Other than its main feature, it helps…

The Identity Crisis of Early 2000s Compact Cars and Crossovers

Surfing the used car market for obscure finds is a pastime that, more often than not, leads to models that are at least a decade old. A refreshing reminder of how well some cars age, the designs capable of convincing they weren’t unveiled alongside the new millennium. Having said that, the early 2000s were arguably…

Rockstar Games Gives Hints to the End of GTA Online Updates

Rockstar Games is seemingly implying that GTA Online, one of their most successful games, will soon stop receiving updates. The multiplayer version of GTA V, which has received more than 40 DLCs all for free, first opened in 2013, with players unable to access servers due to the number of players attempting to go online….

The Overlooked Environmental Impact of New Cars

There’s a myriad of reasons why new cars continue to fill the roads today; the desire for a newer model, an actual need to switch, thinking that it’s safer, etc. Frankly, there’s nothing wrong with it, knowing that the governments worldwide preferred it that way, with programs in select countries where people could trade in…

Did #SaveTF2 Really Work? An Overview of the Campaign’s Aftermath

If you’re a player of the first-person shooter game Team Fortress 2, then you would know of #saveTF2. And for those who don’t, Team Fortress 2 is a critically-acclaimed game developed by Valve. Released in 2007, the game has accumulated an extremely loyal playerbase, who has continuously attempted to get the company to remove the…

Why Aren’t European Cars in Southeast Asia Sold With a Manual?

While older BMWs and Mercedes Benz models are used as beaters or have their rear fenders inward owed to being a drift missile everywhere else, Southeast Asia’s share of them are more or less the same; they are either treated with utmost respect by their owners, or sitting in a driveway in wait for a…

Hot Wheels NFTs are Detestable and Out-of-Touch

(Image sourced from Hot Wheels’ official NFT site) NFTs are here to stay, like it or not. Despite the sensible majority, the idea of selling jpegs and GIFs out of a template for an unpredictable value is tempting, so much so, that disregarding any logic for easy monetary gain is the only motive of buying…